Board & Staff

Board of Directors

Jim Harwood
Jim Harwood has practiced architecture for more than 20 years and is a graduate of Cornell University. In 2007, Jim moved from New York City to Lenox, Massachusetts where his office for J. Harwood Architect is now based. Jim has a history of designing responsible, energy efficient buildings in the challenging northeastern climate. He is a LEED accredited professional. Jim joined the board at CDCSB in 2010 because of his commitment to the creation of living wage jobs and affordable housing.

Cara Becker
Cara Becker graduated from Adelphi University with a degree in Business Administration. Before moving to the Berkshires, she worked as a Manager of Executive Training and Development for Lord & Taylor stores where she created and implemented Executive training programs for the company nationwide. Cara moved with her family to the Berkshires from Long Island and has since taken roles as Community Liaison for the town of Great Barrington and Executive Administrative Assistant to the Chief of Police. Cara has also participated in many task forces that focus on the betterment of the community she loves.

Thomas Doyle
Tom Doyle is a Broker Associate with Lance Vermeulen Real Estate Inc., as well as the Treasurer/Secretary on the Board of Berkshire Multiple Listing Service, Inc. He is the Managing Member of TOPA Enterprises, LLC, a real estate investment and development company. Tom joined the CDCSB Board in 2017.

Rona Easton
Rona Easton is a licensed practicing architect who has worked and lived across the globe, and now resides in the Berkshires. She was born in Scotland, spent years in Europe, Hong Kong and New York, before moving to New Marlborough in 2014. Since moving here she has volunteered her services to the community, working with the Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity on their first high-performance new homes, and is a member of the New Marlborough Conservation Commission, overseeing developments under the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act.

Jeffry H. Kittross, Clerk
Jeff Kittross was educated in New York City public schools, received an AB in economics from the College of William & Mary and an LLB from Cornell Law School in 1959. He was admitted to the Bar in New York, and he is a United States Army veteran. He has worked for Bankers Trust Company, New York; Martin Marietta Corp (now Lockheed Martin), New York and The Okonite Company, New Jersey. In 1976, Jeffry left Okonite as Vice President & General Counsel to become Executive Vice President of the Episcopal Church Foundation in New York, a national organization supporting the mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church. Later work with the Episcopal Church included community development and affordable housing in Newark, New Jersey. Married since 1960 to Emily Wade Kittross, with two children and three grandchildren, he is retired and living in Lenox, Massachusetts, from where he serves on various corporate and non-profit boards.

Richard Melluzo
Richard Melluzo was born in Hartford, CT and received his BS in psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1974. Richard continued his education with an MA in counseling psychology from the University of Hartford in 1976 and an MS in Public Health with a specialty in Health Care Administration from Russell Sage College in 1984. He moved to Great Barrington in 1976 and served on the town’s Finance Committee for 2 years and as a Selectman for 11 years during that time. In 1991 he founded his private practice, RJM Counseling, in Great Barrington where he continues to provide counseling services to individuals, couples and families.

Peter Puciloski
Peter is the senior litigator for Lazan, Glover and Puciloski LLP in Boston, with offices in Great Barrington. He has appeared before numerous courts, boards and commissions on the federal, state and local level and handles both litigation and transactional matters, involving residential, commercial and development property; condominiums and land use regulation. Peter, a graduate of Harvard Law School, cum laude, and Boston College, magna cum laude, is the author of Real Estate Litigation. He has served on the Hingham Planning Board, the Hingham Historic District Commission and the Hingham Water Supply Company. Peter is a member of the Boston, Massachusetts and American Bar Associations, the Defense Research Institute and a former U.S. Navy Lieutenant. He returned to the CDC of South Berkshire Board of Directors in 2016.

Richard Stanley
Richard Stanley is owner and developer of the Triplex Cinema and has been involved in town projects and affordable housing projects, including the development of several condominium projects in Great Barrington with affordable home ownership. Taconic Parking lot was funded through a grant written by Richard and he helped found the CDCSB in the early 1990s, serving on the board at that time. We are pleased to have Richard back on the CDCSB board once again.

Staff

Timothy Geller, Executive Director
Tim has been our Executive Director since 2003. Other community development experience includes financing and small business support as the Portfolio Manager of the Western Massachusetts Enterprise Fund. He was the founder and president of the Berkshire Interfaith Community Investment Fund. Tim came to the Berkshires in 1984 as a Music Composition Fellow at Tanglewood and still composes. Hobbies include outdoor sports and singing in choirs.

Emmalyn Gaertner, Executive Assistant
Emmalyn joined CDCSB full-time in 2017. Emmalyn is a Berkshire native from Becket, MA. After graduating from high school she spent the next ten years living and studying in Washington, DC, New Mexico, Texas, and Spain. She studied Sociology and Spanish at American University in Washington, DC, worked in the education department at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History in Albuquerque, and taught yoga. She lives in Great Barrington with her husband and daughter.

Gloria Escobar, Bookkeeper
Gloria has a bookkeeper at CDCSB since 2008. She has worked for non-profit financial institutions such as Greylock Federal Credit Union and is currently working as a manager at Hurlbut Employees Federal Credit Union. She has been on the Board of Directors of the Latino Festival in Lee, MA, for many years. As a bilingual, she teaches Spanish at BCC. Gloria lives in Great Barrington with her husband and three children.

Allison Marchese, Development/Fundraising Consultant
Allison has over 25 years experience as a writer, marketing, communications, public relations and fundraising professional. Specializing in building new marketing and communications programs for companies and business, as well as building infrastructure, plans, and events for nonprofits. Allison published her first book in 2014 titled: The Hidden History of Columbia County. Her newest book, Hudson Valley Curiosities was published in August 2017.

Sarah Trench, Associate Project Manager/LISC AmeriCorps Member
Sarah recently graduated with a Master of Public Administration degree from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She previously served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at Journey Home, an organization working to end chronic homelessness in the Greater Hartford region. While working at Journey Home, Sarah developed a passion for affordable housing and community development issues.

Who We Are

Board of Directors

Jim Harwood

Jim Harwood has practiced architecture for more than 20 years and is a graduate of Cornell University. In 2007, Jim moved from New York City to Lenox, Massachusetts where his office for J. Harwood Architect is now based. Jim has a history of designing responsible, energy efficient buildings in the challenging northeastern climate. He is a LEED accredited professional. Jim joined the board at CDCSB in 2010 because of his commitment to the creation of living wage jobs and affordable housing.

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Cara Becker

Cara Becker graduated from Adelphi University with a degree in Business Administration. Before moving to the Berkshires, she worked as a Manager of Executive Training and Development for Lord & Taylor stores where she created and implemented Executive training programs for the company nationwide. Cara moved with her family to the Berkshires from Long Island and has since taken roles as Community Liaison for the town of Great Barrington and Executive Administrative Assistant to the Chief of Police. Cara has also participated in many task forces that focus on the betterment of the community she loves.

Tom Doyle

Tom Doyle is a Broker Associate with Lance Vermeulen Real Estate Inc., as well as the Treasurer/Secretary on the Board of Berkshire Multiple Listing Service, Inc. He is the Managing Member of TOPA Enterprises, LLC, a real estate investment and development company. Tom joined the CDCSB Board in 2017.

Rona Easton

Rona Easton is a licensed practicing architect who has worked and lived across the globe, and now resides in the Berkshires. She was born in Scotland, spent years in Europe, Hong Kong and New York, before moving to New Marlborough in 2014. Since moving here she has volunteered her services to the community, working with the Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity on their first high-performance new homes, and is a member of the New Marlborough Conservation Commission, overseeing developments under the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act.

Jeffry H. Kittross, Clerk

Jeff Kittross was educated in New York City public schools, received an AB in economics from the College of William & Mary and an LLB from Cornell Law School in 1959. He was admitted to the Bar in New York, and he is a United States Army veteran. He has worked for Bankers Trust Company, New York; Martin Marietta Corp (now Lockheed Martin), New York and The Okonite Company, New Jersey. In 1976, Jeffry left Okonite as Vice President & General Counsel to become Executive Vice President of the Episcopal Church Foundation in New York, a national organization supporting the mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church. Later work with the Episcopal Church included community development and affordable housing in Newark, New Jersey. Married since 1960 to Emily Wade Kittross, with two children and three grandchildren, he is retired and living in Lenox, Massachusetts, from where he serves on various corporate and non-profit boards.

Richard Melluzo

Richard Melluzo was born in Hartford, CT and received his BS in psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1974. Richard continued his education with an MA in counseling psychology from the University of Hartford in 1976 and an MS in Public Health with a specialty in Health Care Administration from Russell Sage College in 1984. He moved to Great Barrington in 1976 and served on the town’s Finance Committee for 2 years and as a Selectman for 11 years during that time. In 1991 he founded his private practice, RJM Counseling, in Great Barrington where he continues to provide counseling services to individuals, couples and families.

Peter Puciloski

Peter is the senior litigator for Lazan, Glover and Puciloski LLP in Boston, with offices in Great Barrington. He has appeared before numerous courts, boards and commissions on the federal, state and local level and handles both litigation and transactional matters, involving residential, commercial and development property; condominiums and land use regulation. Peter, a graduate of Harvard Law School, cum laude, and Boston College, magna cum laude, is the author of Real Estate Litigation. He has served on the Hingham Planning Board, the Hingham Historic District Commission and the Hingham Water Supply Company. Peter is a member of the Boston, Massachusetts and American Bar Associations, the Defense Research Institute and a former U.S. Navy Lieutenant. He returned to the CDC of South Berkshire Board of Directors in 2016.

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Richard Stanley

Richard Stanley is owner and developer of the Triplex Cinema and has been involved in town projects and affordable housing projects, including the development of several condominium projects in Great Barrington with affordable home ownership. Taconic Parking lot was funded through a grant written by Richard and he helped found the CDCSB in the early 1990s, serving on the board at that time. We are pleased to have Richard back on the CDCSB board once again.

Staff

Tim Geller, Executive Director

Tim has been our Executive Director since 2003. Other community development experience includes financing and small business support as the Portfolio Manager of the Western Massachusetts Enterprise Fund. He was the founder and president of the Berkshire Interfaith Community Investment Fund. Tim came to the Berkshires in 1984 as a Music Composition Fellow at Tanglewood and still composes. Hobbies include outdoor sports and singing in choirs.

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Emmalyn Gaertner, Executive Assistant

Emmalyn joined CDCSB full-time in 2017. Emmalyn is a Berkshire native from Becket, MA. After graduating from high school she spent the next ten years living and studying in Washington, DC, New Mexico, Texas, and Spain. She studied Sociology and Spanish at American University in Washington, DC, worked in the education department at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History in Albuquerque, and taught yoga. She lives in Great Barrington with her husband and daughter.

Gloria Escobar, Bookkeeper

Gloria has a bookkeeper at CDCSB since 2008. She has worked for non-profit financial institutions such as Greylock Federal Credit Union and is currently working as a manager at Hurlbut Employees Federal Credit Union. She has been on the Board of Directors of the Latino Festival in Lee, MA, for many years. As a bilingual, she teaches Spanish at BCC. Gloria lives in Great Barrington with her husband and three children.

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Allison Marchese, Development/Fundraising Consultant

Allison has over 25 years experience as a writer, marketing, communications, public relations and fundraising professional. Specializing in building new marketing and communications programs for companies and business, as well as building infrastructure, plans, and events for nonprofits. Allison published her first book in 2014 titled: The Hidden History of Columbia County. Her newest book, Hudson Valley Curiosities was published in August 2017.

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Sarah Trench, Associate Project Manager/LISC AmeriCorps Member

Sarah recently graduated with a Master of Public Administration degree from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She previously served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at Journey Home, an organization working to end chronic homelessness in the Greater Hartford region. While working at Journey Home, Sarah developed a passion for affordable housing and community development issues.